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Newry Speakers Club is part of Toastmasters, an International Public Speaking Organisation, dedicated to communication and leadership skills. The organization grew out of a single club, Smedley Chapter One Club, which would become the first Toastmasters club. It was founded by Ralph C. Smedley on October 22, 1924, at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, United States. Toastmasters International was incorporated under California law on December 19, 1932.

Ralph C Smedley


Lark Doley DTM


Throughout its history, Toastmasters has served over four million people, and today the organization serves over 345,000 members in 142 countries, through its over 15,900 member clubs. Currently its International Headquarters is based in California, USA, though it is expected to move to Denvir in 2018. At the head of the organisation is the international President. Toastmasters current International President is JIM KOKOCKI, DTM. The organisation is split into 14 different regions throughout the world.

Red Skelton

District Director 2017/18

Patricia O'Reilly

District Director 2018/19

District > Division > Area

Barry Lane

Division C Director 2018/19

Area > Club

We are one of 6 clubs that are part of the c19 area within Division C. Each area has its own Area Director, (previously Area Governor) who serves as the direct liaison between the district and the clubs. Last Years Area Director (2016/17) Tony O'Callaghan who comes from our very own Newry Speakers Club. Our current area director is Janet Graham.

Region > District

We are in region 11 which encompasses parts of Europe and parts of Africa. Region 11 encompasses 8 districts most of which are transnational in basis. Our district is District 71 (UK North and Ireland) which borders with District 91 (UK South). District 71 is a strong, proud district constituted in 1972. Currently, our District is made up of over 180 clubs and 4,300 members and spans across Ireland, Scotland, Northern Wales, Northern England, Midlands, and East of England.


Each district has their own Leadership Team. The District 71 Leadership team for  2016/17 can be found at d71toastmasters.or or clicking the link below.



Chris McCabe

Area Director/Governor


Each club consists of members and Club Executive Committee members. You can find more details about our current executive members and the roles they perform on the Newry Speakers Club Executive Page.


Below you can find a diagram of the internal structure of the organisation to help better understand the inner workings of Toastmasters.



*Toastmasters Public Speaking competitions closely follows the organisational structure as laid out on this page. 


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